presentation guidelines

Organizations that have qualified through Round 1 will be invited to give an 8 minute presentation on their best practice and/or benchmarking approach at the 6th International Best Practice Competition in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 10/12th December 2018. 

The time of each presentation will be shown on the Conference Programme.


  1. Practice your presentation to ensure it lasts no longer than 8 minutes.
  2. The following is a recommended outline for an 8 minute Best Practice Competition presentation:
    • Slide No.1 – Name of best practice, organization.
    • Slide No.2 – Overview of the organization e.g. size, location, products and service
    • Slide No.3 – What exactly is the best practice? Describe the best practice clearly. Is it an operational or managerial practice, process, system or initiative? How important is it to your organisation?
    • Slides No.4 to 8 – Description of the best practice, how was it designed and implemented, level of deployment – how many staff and/or customers or suppliers does it affect?, description of why it is innovative, performance achieved, evidence that it is a best practice, and next steps planned.
    • Slide No.9 – Lessons Learnt – what lessons have been learnt through identifying/designing and implementing the best practice? Can the best practice be further improved?
  3. For the Best Practice Competition your written entry and presentation will be assessed on the following criteria.
    • Level of deployment
    • Level of innovation
    • Results achieved
    • Evidence it is a best practice (use of benchmarking/comparison of results/peer reviewed)
    • Review/next steps planned
  4. Include photographs or videos in your presentation to help you to explain your best practices. Pictures are worth a 1000 words.
  5. During your presentation, talk clearly and smoothly. Clarity is of the essence. Presenters with English as their mother tongue and a fast mode of speaking should think of other people in the audience whose mother tongue may not be English since this is an international event.
  6. Rehearse well even if you are an experienced presenter. Your audience is sophisticated, thus, reading from slides during a presentation is deemed unprofessional.
  7. The organizers are available to provide advice and comment on your presentation slides from 15th to 30th November. This will assist all entrants to deliver a strong presentation. Send your presentations for checking to


  1. Send your final Presentation Slides to at least 2 days before the Competition Event if less than 10mb. Otherwise bring a USB stick and be ready to load your presentation on the computer at a break prior to your presentation.
  2. From the start of the buzzer you will have 8 minutes to deliver your presentation. A warning bell will sound with two minutes to go. A final honk will sound precisely on 8 minutes. You then need to close your presentation – a maximum of 15 seconds will be given after the honk for the wrap up of your presentation.
  3. More than one person can deliver the presentation.
  4. Inform the organisers if you have any special presentation requirements other than PowerPoint such as: Video, Overhead Projector (slides), Internet access or computer audio, etc.
  5. Arrive at least 2 hours before your time-slot to ensure that your presentation is correctly loaded on to the computer.
  6. Failure to turn- up at your allocated time-slot will be interpreted as a withdrawal from the competition.
  7. The judges’ decision is final.
  8. The Entry Fee must be paid to participate in Round Friday 30th November 2018.

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